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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Churn Dash


It’s time again for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  Time to kick off the shoes, sit back, and enjoy some serious eye candy! Oh, and get your pinterest finger ready.


I’m entering the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild’s Churn Dash quilt into the group/bee category. This quilt was made for a guild officer Julia, who was moving away for textile design school.


I have written quite a bit about the design process for this quilt, but I thought I’d share how we worked the group aspect of the quilt.

Photo by capitola quilter

As officers (and with the help from an unsuspecting Julia), we decided on the churn dash pattern, in a similar style as the one featured by Ashley at Film In The Fridge. We arranged for a sew day with the guild (minus Julia, natch) to work on the blocks. We pre-cut all the fabric, as well as made all the HSTs and bar units ahead of time.


That way, on the sew day, we could focus on just getting the blocks done. They came together super fast with the help of those who attended! We had two people on irons, one person piecing the back and the rest of the group sewing blocks. We quickly filled up the design wall with the blocks.


From there, to keep a consistent seam, one of the officers took the blocks and sewed the top together. Another did the quilting, and the final person buried threads, sewed the binding and attached the label. All in time to give the quilt to Julia at her last guild meeting!


It was really amazing to work with so many people on a creative journey. Everyone had something that they contributed to the overall design, and it truly was a group effort that I am really happy I got to be a part of.


Dimensions: ~60″ x 70″
Fabrics: Briar Rose by Heather Ross, Kona medley (Maize, coral, bubblegum, violet, school bus, and pear, plus a darker green that didn’t get noted)
Quilting: Done on a home machine. :O (Not by me!)
Number of layouts attempted: 12+


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